Click here if you don’t see subscription options
Inside the VaticanOctober 02, 2019
Pope Francis greets Jesuit Father James Martin, author and editor at large of America magazine, during a private meeting at the Vatican Oct. 1, 2019. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)

On this episode of “Inside the Vatican,” Gerry and I discuss Pope Francis’ meeting with James Martin, S.J. It was the pair’s first extended conversation, though Pope Francis is familiar with Father Martin’s work and read his book on L.G.B.T. Catholics, Building a Bridge.

Up next, the first new sculpture in 400 years was unveiled in St. Peter’s Square on Sept. 29. Titled “Angels Unawares,” the bronze sculpture shows 140 migrants and refugees from different historical eras. We discuss the sculpture’s provenance and how it fits with Pope Francis’ priorities.

Finally, Cardinal William Levada died last week. He was formerly head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and a friend of Pope Benedict’s. We discuss Cardinal Levada’s legacy and how the college of cardinals has changed.

Links from the show:

Comments are automatically closed two weeks after an article's initial publication. See our comments policy for more.
Catherine McKeen
3 years 2 months ago

It seems to me there is a clear message connected to the upcoming canonization of John Henry Newman on October 13th and the pope's private meeting with Fr. Martin. There is widespread recognition among scholars that Cardinal Newman and Ambrose St. John were lifelong "friends" in a way now seen as celibate homosexuality. Newman was buried in the same grave with Ambrose St. John, which created some problems when the call for Newman's blessedness began to grow. Fr. Martin's identification with a strong LGBT cause for the Church and Pope Francis' mission of reaching out to the margins surely were at the bottom of their meeting in Rome. America at some point will have to talk about that.

The latest from america

Coast Guard Station Islamorada small boat crew follows an overloaded sailing vessel off Rodriguez Key, Florida, Nov. 21, 2022. Rescue crews battled six to ten feet seas and 25 miles per hour winds to safely remove the people from the vessel. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Robert Collins)
People who hope to escape Haiti’s cholera outbreak and life-threatening insecurity cannot wait for a more welcome climate to emerge in the United States.
Kevin ClarkeDecember 05, 2022
Dan Lipinski, one of the last pro-life Democrats to serve in Congress, calls on the pro-life movement to come together on federal legislation that limits abortion and supports pregnant women and their children.
Daniel LipinskiDecember 05, 2022
jesuit father marko rupnik speaks in front of a microphone
Slovenian Jesuit and artist Father Marko Rupnik has been barred from hearing confessions or offering spiritual direction after complaints about his ministry.
A priest in white robes speaks with a young girl in a jacket that reads "Newtown Lacrosse"
Reflecting on the horror and the events of the intervening years, Msgr. Weiss said: “Gratitude sustains me. I pray a lot and try to keep myself in the Lord’s hands.”